The electronic gift card company GiftZip.com, has added another employee, this time encouraging a Michigan State University (MSU) graduate to leave his job in Boston and move back to the Capital region.
According to excerpts from the article:
John Gwillim, a 2007 MSU finance alum, will be joining the team in the coming weeks as Chief Operations Officer and will oversee the day-to-day activities of the company. He is tasked with ensuring the long-term profitability of the GiftZip.com concept.
Gwillim joins GiftZip.com from Boston-based BNY ConvergEx, a successful 2006 Bank of New York spin-off providing software solutions for hedge fund trading markets.
“The ability to come back to Michigan and still work in a fast-moving, high-tech environment was something I really wanted to pursue," Gwillim said. "I’m from Michigan, I’ve known [founder] Sam [Hogg] a long time, and GiftZip.com is a very attractive opportunity poised for growth. The more I looked at it, the more it made sense to me.”
Hogg credits a changing East Lansing entrepreneurial culture for attracting talent like Gwillim away from Boston, often thought of as second only to Silicon Valley as a hub for technology start-ups. Hogg said being able to showcase things like the Technology Innovation Center (where GiftZip.com is located) as well as other MSU-based start-ups will keep more ofthe talent in the area and even get some to return, like Gwillim.
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